It is December 31st, 2008. In less than 10 hours, the clock will strike midnight, and it will be 2009!
Hard to believe that we're on the cusp of a new year, nearly nine years into the new millennium.
Where did the years go? Where did the months go? Where did the days go?
Many bloggers review their year by re-sharing some of their significant posts. That helps summarize their personal & professional lives and the world at large for the previous 365 days.
I won't do that this year. Suffice it to say that this past year had its ups and downs.
A year ago, today, my mother in law had brain surgery for an aggressive tumor discovered less than 48 hours earlier in a hospital emergency examining room. Thus the tone was set for the year.
My family became too familiar with hospitals and specialists and medical jargon this past year.
But amidst the dark and difficult days, we celebrated our eldest child's bar mitzvah...a major milestone in any Jewish boy's life and that of his parents.
Who knows what 2009 will hold for us and for the world? How will the small country of Israel fare? Will she gain more enemies worldwide and some unexpected friends along the way? How will Barack Obama prove himself a leader? What changes will he bring to office? Will the national economy have to dip further before it begins to slowly climb back upwards?
Let us hope and pray that 2009 can be a good year for all.
In a few hours, on this side of the world we'll be saying, "Live...from __________...it's 2009!"